What Are Federal Marijuana Laws?
The distinction is important, because while many states have rather lax laws concerning marijuana use, the Federal Government has some extremely strict penalties, some of which involve decades of jail time.
What Amount of Marijuana Do I Have to Carry to Violate Federal Law?
What about Selling Marijuana?
- 50-100 Kilos distribution/cultivation: Up to 20 years in prison, with a $1,000,000 fine
- 100-1000 Kilos distribution/cultivation: Mandatory 5 years, up to 40 years in prison, with a fine of $2,000,000
- 1000 Kilos+ distribution/cultivation: 10 years to Life in prison, with a $4,000,000 fine
Surprisingly, the federal government can even administer the death penalty for marijuana sale. This is reserved only for the heads of criminal enterprises that distribute more than 60 metric tons of marijuana OR annually make more than $20,000,000 from marijuana sales, but there have been past attempts to lower this threshold significantly. For instance, in 1994, it was proposed to introduce a mandatory death penalty for the second offense of smuggling only 50 grams of marijuana (the bill did not pass, however).